29/05/06 – New sports facility planned for Lavender Hall Lane

Balsall & Berkswell Hornets Football Club have submitted a planning application to place two new football pitches on Lavender Hall Lane. The land located behind properties on Kenilworth Road and adjacent to Hallmeadow Road is seen as a solution to the club’s long running shortage of space to play competitive matches.

Objections to the plans from local residents include a view there is no need for the facilities but club Chairman Tom Mitchell insists the club is struggling to meet fixtures due to lack of pitches in the village. And when one discovers the size of the club and number of children wanting to play football it is easy to see why. Across boys and girls teams the Hornets field 18 competitive sides at different age groups and with the many leagues involved fixture clashes are inevitable.

Berkswell Parish Council are supportive of the plans, acknowledging the need for recreational opportunities for children of all ages, noting also that the development would improve the appearance of an untidy piece of land.

And Balsall Common Village Residents Association are generally supportive of the plans but have made representations to Solihull Council due to the lack of detail about current and future plans for the site.

The proposed recreational ground is proposed to be located to the rear of numbers 101 to 135a Kenilworth Road and numbers 1 and 2 Lavender Hall Lane.

For anybody wishing to know more about these plans visit the Planning section of the Solihull Council website for details and search under planning application reference number 2006/698.

As well as Solihull Council, residents can lodge views and concerns with either Berkswell Parish Council or Balsall Common Village Residents Association by emailing residents.association@virgin.net